Goldenseal and Pregnancy Issues Explained
In discussing echinacea, goldenseal and
pregnancy, I will look at the two herbs separately.
Fisrtly, on echinacea and pregnancy. Generally, this
herb is considered quite safe, howver there has been only
one study done it during pregnancy that I know of.
This study, which can be accessed from the
link above, looked at whether there was any impact on major or
minor birth defects, pregnancy outcome, delivery method,
maternal weight gain, gestational age, infant birth weight or
fetal distress from taking echinacea during pregnancy.
One group of women took echinacea during
pregnancy, and the control group did not. The dosage the
echinace group took was from 250 to 1000 mg per day, and all
took it after consulting with a qualified health professional,
whether that was a doctor, midwife or registered
herbalist/complementary health practitioner.
The study found that there was no
significant difference between either groups in the above
outcomes. The only difference statistically was that there were
13 spontaneous abortions in the echinacea group compared to 7
in the control group.
The study did not address what factors mught
explain this - whether these women had a history of spontaneous
abortion in pregnancy, or any other factors that may have led
to this higher number. Or in fact, if it was related to the
echinacea use. At this stage, and with this little information,
it is impossible to say.
Regarding goldenseal and pregnancy, you
should not use goldenseal if you are pregnant. It can cause
uterine contractions which may bring on labor and lead to
miscarriage if you are before term.
So, for echinacea, goldenseal and
pregnacy, you should not use these preparations. If,
in consultation with your health professional, you decide to
use echinacea, the above study may be useful in helping you
decide the risks and benefits. But goldenseal is definitely not
One thing I found interesting was from
this site, which discussed how hormonal
changes can cause a runny or stuffy nose during pregnancy.
This usually happens within the 4th to 6th months. And as
this is caused by hormonal changes, taking anything that has
an antiobiotic effect won't do anything for it.
So hopefully that answered your questions on
echinacea, goldenseal and pregnancy!